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1. Free from harm, injury, or risk; untouched or unthreatened by danger or injury; unharmed; unhurt; secure; whole; as, safe from disease; safe from storms; safe from foes. And ye dwelled safe. They escaped all safe all safe to land. (acts xxvii. 44) Established in a safe, unenvied throne. (milton)

2. Conferring safety; securing from harm; not exposing to danger; confining securely; to be relied upon; not dangerous; as, a safe harbor; a safe bridge, etc. The man of safe discretion. The king of heaven hath doomed This place our dungeon, not our safe retreat. (milton)

3. Incapable of doing harm; no longer dangerous; in secure care or custody; as, the prisoner is safe. But Banquo's safe? Ay, my good lord, safe in a ditch he bides. (Shak) Safe hit, a hit which enables the batter to get to first base even if no error is made by the other side.

4. A place for keeping things in safety. Specifically: A strong and fireproof receptacle (as a movable chest of steel, etc, or a closet or vault of brickwork) for money, valuable papers, or the like.

A ventilated or refrigerated chest or closet for securing provisions from noxious animals or insects.

Synonym: Secure, unendangered, sure.

Origin: OE. Sauf, F. Sauf, fr. L. Salvus, akin to salus health, welfare, safety. Cf. Salute, Salvation, Sage a plant, Save, Salvo an exception.